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James Edward Towner

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James Edward Towner

Age 81, of Greenwood, WV, departed this life on Monday, January 19, 2015, at his residence, following a prolonged illness.

James was born August 21, 1933 in West Union, WV (Central Station Community) a son of the late Glen and Vallie (Flesher) Towner.

James was a retired truck driver for the former Eureka Pipe Line Company and current Pennzoil Pipe Line Company after many years of service. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army being stationed in France during the Korean Conflict.

He was also a former member of the Central Station United Brethren Church and a longtime caretaker of the Duckworth Cemetery near Greenwood, WV.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Kay (Garner) Towner; children, Carla Long of Jacksonville, FL; Marilyn Jett of Big Flint, WV; James Towner of Dayton, OH; step children, Monnie Moore of Morgantown, WV; Ruth Doak of Greensboro, NC; Gale Doak of TX; Mary Hill of Greensboro, NC; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and his brother, Wayne Towner of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step son, David Doak; brother, Joseph “Leroy” Towner and sister, Isabelle Hoagland.

In accordance to James’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private family service will take place in the Duckworth Cemetery near Greenwood.

McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donations be made to the Duckworth Cemetery in care of James Doak.

Duane Darwin Pinkney

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Duane Darwin Pinkney

Age 57, of Pratt Avenue, Weston, WV passed away at 3:46 PM on Monday January 19, 2015 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a bout with pneumonia.

He was born in Morgantown, WV on December 31, 1957 a son of the late Duane Robert Pinkney and Carol Jean Johnson Pinkney.

On August 12, 1978 he married the former Sharon Riley and they celebrated 36 years of marriage.

His quick witted sense of humor and dedication to family will be carried on by his two sons: Benjamin Davisson Pinkney and Andrew Morrison Pinkney, both of Weston; and his two granddaughters: Emma and Ella Pinkney, who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his sister, Brenda Ruschenberg of China, his brother, Robert Pinkney of Morgantown, and several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Pinkney.

Darwin attended Morgantown High School where he excelled at football and went on to play semi-pro. He was employed by the Schwan Food Company and various other places of employment. He will always be held in the highest regard by the many children who attended Sissie Cares Day Care Center, where Darwin was the head cook and van driver. His family and friends will always remember his smile, laugh and vast knowledge of music, movie and history trivia. He treasured time spent with his family at his camp in Buckhannon, where many memories were made.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Friday January 23, 2015.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Weston with Rev. Father J. Stephen Vallelonga as Celebrant.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and donations be made to the Team Jack Trust Foundation c/o Brooke and Ryan Rollins PO Box 395 Bridgeport WV 26330.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Duane Darwin Pinkney.

Tommy Joe Capps

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Tommy Joe Capps

Age 85, of Wymer Run Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 2 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 in the comfort of his own home following an extended illness.

He was born in McDonald Chapel, AL on January 30, 1929 a son of the late R. Beal Capps and Mildred Reese Capps.

He is survived by nephews: Rob Capps and wife Jona of Burmingham, AL, and Joe Capps of Mobile, AL; niece, Billie Smoothers of Burmingham, AL; several other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and his caregivers: Julia Spelsberg of Weston, WV and Bud Carroll Davis of Romney, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Bobby and Bill Capps; caregiver and friend, Paul Bennett, and his beloved Australian Sheep Dog, Pepper.

Tom was a retired Captain in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating from the University of Alabama with an Engineering Degree, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Veterans Administration and Carrilion Healthcare. He had a special place in his heart for the many pets he had over the years.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 12-1 PM on Thursday January 22, 2015.

Funeral Services will follow at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Orlando Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Tommy Capps.

Nancy E. Bailey

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Nancy E. Bailey

Age 70, of Horner, WV passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at home of pancreatic cancer after a two month battle. The cancer is now dead but she lives on in Heaven.

She was born in Weston, WV on March 01, 1944: daughter of the late Mary (Johns) Fletcher and Cleget E. Fletcher.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 48 years: Robert L. Bailey and their son: Mark F. Bailey of Fairmont, WV. She is also survived by her sister: Betty Hefner of Jane Lew, WV.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by one ½ brother and two ½ sisters.

Nancy graduated from Weston High School with the “Class of 1962.” She retired from the Department of Health and Human Resources in 2006 and before that from Danser Hardware of Weston.

She was a member of the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church of Pricetown, WV where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir (something she dearly loved to do and be able to sing praises to Our Lord Jesus Christ.) She was a Prayer Warrior like her mother and they are now together again.

We are thankful for People’s Hospice for the care they showed Nancy. Also her 1962 classmates and Broad Street United Methodist Church blessed her by showing their love and support during her time of sickness.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral home chapel with Reverend Paul Thompson officiating.

Interment will follow services in Broad Run Church Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Nancy E. Bailey.

Bernice Marie Stout

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Bernice Marie Stout

85, of Sutton, WV formally of Exchange, WV passed away on January 19, 2015 at her residence.

She was born June 11, 1929 in Webster County, WV the daughter of the late Pliant Dick and Mae Hoover Roberts.

Bernice worked for 14 years at the former Elliott’s Drug Store in Sutton as a clerk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Auldra McCoy “Bully” Stout, brothers; Boone, Paul, and Alden Roberts, sisters; Irene Roberts, Delma Hoover, Mary Lou Ward, and Alice Rodebaugh.

Her survivors include daughter and son-in-law Charlotte and Jay Chidester of Sutton, granddaughter; Ann Marie Chidester of Christiansburg, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Town Hill, Sutton.

Friends may call Thursday, from 11:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.

Family suggests donations to Hospice Care Corp. P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Stout/Chidester family.

Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Henry

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Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Henry

Age 62, of Old Route 33 Stonecoal Community, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 8:36 AM on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a massive heart attack.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on January 26, 1952 a son of the late George and Mary Lynch Henry.

On September 05, 1981 he married the former Rosalind “Rusty” McQuain and they celebrated 33 years of marriage.

His quick witted humor and strong work ethic will be carried on by his two children: Emily Rose King and Eric Charles Henry and wife Tamara, all of Weston; three grandchildren: Whitney Natasha King, Alexandria Rosalind King and Dominick Charles King; two sisters: Carol Sue Turner of Buckhannon and Sharon Lynn Whitenack of Seattle, WA; one brother, Andrew Lee Henry of Vienna, WV, and Bo Henry, his beloved German Shepherd.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, George W. Henry Jr.

Chuck worked at Haliburton Oil Well Services and Fairfax Transit for several years before becoming a self employed Independent Contractor. He was a sports enthusiast who cheered for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the WVU Mountaineers. He was a fun-loving, dedicated dad and grandpa who loved having breakfast with the grandkids on the weekends.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5 -7 PM on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Henry.

Roland Brooks Daugherty

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Roland Brooks Daugherty

Age 80, of the Berlin Community of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 9:25 PM on Sunday January 18, 2015 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew following a struggle with Alzheimers.

He was born in Randolph County, WV on January 19, 1934 a son of the late Dallas and Pauline Brooks Daugherty.

On May 15, 1965 he married the former Barbara Ann Dolan and they celebrated 49 years of marriage.

He is survived by two two daughters: Deborah Daugherty of Martinsburg and Nancy Garton and husband Robert of Jane Lew; three brothers: Richard Daugherty of Camden, Dave Daugherty and wife Linda of Lost Creek, Gary Daugherty and wife Carolyn of Clarksburg; one sister, Margaret Davis of Jane Lew; several nieces and nephews and the son he always wanted, Darin Osborn.

In addition to his parents, he will be reunited with his sister, Kathleen Daugherty Kolb, infant sister, Joyce Daugherty, and beloved sister-in-law, Joyce Daugherty.

Roland was an honored veteran of the U.S. Army. After the Army he worked as a mechanic in Philadelphia, eventually returning to West Virginia where he worked in the glass industry at McNichol China. He returned to working as a mechanic for Bridgeport Mining and then as a heavy equipment operator/mechanic for Jim Dandy Coal until his retirement. In addition to his professional career he worked full time as a farmer for more than 30 years taking care of his cattle and beautiful land.
In his younger years, Roland enjoyed amateur boxing, boating and water skiing. In his later years he enjoyed hunting, farming and he always loved spending time talking and joking with his family and friends. He also enjoyed helping anyone anywhere he could, and he appreciated the help he received in return. He made friends with most everyone he met and some became family. He was a kind giving man who worked his whole life to provide for his family and help his friends and neighbors. He valued and respected an individual for their worthiness rather than their worth. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

Love and gratitude to the staff of Crestview Nursing Home for their loving compassionate care.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Thursday January 22, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel on Friday.

Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Berlin.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Rolland Daugherty.

Albert Harvey Marshall

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Albert Harvey Marshall

Age 77, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life, Sunday, January 18, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Marshall was born November 03, 1937 at Petroleum, WV, the son of the late Walter and Grace Cunningham Marshall.

Mr. Marshall had been employed for the West Virginia Department of Highways where he retired after 20 years of service.

He was a member of the Cedar Grove Freewill Baptist Church, but attended the Spruce Grove United Methodist Church.

Albert also enjoyed hunting.

Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Anna Marshall; step-daughter, Ruth Barker (Allen), Richwood, WV; brother, Harold Marshall (Jean), Vienna, WV; grandchildren, Laura and Rebecca Barker both of Blacksburg, VA; nephew, Randy Marshall, Vienna, WV; nieces, Carol Sue Luther, Huntington, WV and Connie Drain, Vienna, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 11:00 AM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with David Wayne Veon officiating.

Interment will immediately follow the service in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, January 19, 2015, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.

Kelly Joe Clutter

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Kelly Joe Clutter

Age 34, of Gassaway, WV passed away January 16, 2015 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born February 28, 1980, in Lewis County, WV.

Kelly was a graduate of Braxton County High School. He loved people, Lego Blocks, flashlights, and listening to the radio.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou Brady Cluttter.

He is survived by his father, Thearl Clutter of Gassaway; stepmother, Alice Marie Clutter of Gassaway; stepbrothers, William, Larry, and Gary Freeman.

Service will be 1 PM Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Sandra “Sandy” Hester

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Sandra “Sandy” Hester

Age 65, a forty-year resident of Harwood, MD, passed away on January 08, 2015, at the South River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Edgewater, MD after a nine-month cancer illness.

Born on February 06, 1949, in Weston, WV: to the late Mattie Smith, she was a 1967 graduate of Weston High School.

She worked as a hair stylist at the Hair Cuttery at the Harbor Center in Annapolis, MD.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Radcliff, in 1983; and twin sons, Roy Lee Radcliff and William Ralph Radcliff.

She is survived by two children, Rochelle Little of Clifton Park, NY and Jason Radcliff of Harwood; a sister, Carol Lantz of Rochester, PA; two grandchildren, Grace and Joseph Little and her former husband, Greg Hester.

Funeral services will be private.

Okey Junior Leaseburg

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Okey Junior Leaseburg

Age 93 of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life, Friday, January 16, 2015, at Harrisville, WV.

Mr. Leaseburg was born December 23, 1921 at Pennsboro, WV, the son of the late George Okey Leaseburg and Lona Pratt Leaseburg.

Mr. Leaseburg had been employed by the Hope Natural Gas Co. for more than 40 years as a telephone lineman. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served from, November 11, 1942 to January 08, 1946. He served aboard the USS-LST31 (Landing Ship Tanks) in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Mr. Leaseburg was awarded five Battle Stars for his service. He was a member of the Harmony Lodge #59 AF&AM, Pennsboro, WV; Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Dept., had served as the Recorder, among other positions, on the Ellenboro City Council; had been a member of the Ellenboro Grade School P.T.A.; had served as the overseer of the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery and loved woodworking and gardening.

Okey Leaseburg was also a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Ellenboro WV.

Mr. Leaseburg is survived by his wife Norma Jean Leaseburg; one son, Ralph N. Leaseburg (Sis), Ellenboro, WV; one daughter, Twilla J. Brill (Donald Jr.), Harrisville, WV; and two grandchildren, Jason B. Leaseburg, Baltimore, MD and Sidney D. Brill, Harrisville, WV.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Leaseburg was preceded in death by one sister Opal Fay Dailey and three infant brothers.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 1:00 PM at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Larry Walker officiating.

Interment will immediately follow the service in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, January 19, from 4:00-8:00 PM and on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the hour of the service.

Margel June Hambrick

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Margel June Hambrick

Aged 80, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 at home in Marietta, Ohio after a valiant battle with cancer.

June was born April 01, 1934 in Sutton, West Virginia, the daughter of Bailey Skidmore and Irene Fulks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Doris Hopkins.

June thoroughly enjoyed flowers, decorating, Garden Club and being involved in her community. She graduated from Sutton High School and the Charleston School of Commerce. She attended Morris Harvey College and Marietta College where she furthered her education.

In 1958, June married the love of her life Herman Casto Hambrick, II, and they began their family. In addition to raising their three children she also taught computers at Washington Technical College and was employed at Pioneer Preschool, the Kroger Company Real Estate Department, Union Carbide and Logue & Schwartz Real Estate.

June was an active member of the Marietta First Baptist Church for over 50 years where she served on numerous boards and participated in several circles.

June is survived by her husband Herman Hambrick, II, of Marietta; sister, Karen Huffman (David); Brothers John Skidmore (Virginia) and Dan Skidmore (Suzanne) all of Sutton, West Virginia; sons, Herman (Kim) Hambrick, III of Fleming and John (Lydia) Hambrick of Marietta; and daughter, Lynn (David) Broughton of Marietta; grandchildren, Allison (Chris) Laumann, Elizabeth (Ryan) VanPelt, John Hambrick II, Mathew Hambrick, Joseph Broughton, Megan Broughton, Elena Donnelly, Carolyn Broughton and Carmen Donnelly; great-grandchildren, Georgia Laumann, Cooper Laumann and Austin VanPelt.

Marietta Visitation will Saturday, January 17, 2015 at McClure Schafer Lankford Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with the service at 7:30 PM.

Sutton Visitation will be Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Morrison United Methodist Church, Airport Road, Sutton, WV, where the funeral and graveside service will begin at 2:00 PM.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Hambrick family.

Betty Wayne Wilson

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Betty Wayne Wilson

Age 85, of Vienna, WV went to be with the Lord, on January 14, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born April 24, 1929, in Beech, WV, the daughter of the late Orlando H. and Ruby Price Wayne.

Betty graduated from Calhoun High School in 1947 and Marshall University in 1972.

She retired as an elementary school teacher in Wood and Ritchie counties.

She loved their West Virginia mountain cabin and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved watching the WV Mountaineers and Steelers Football.

She was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna, Agape Fellowship, and Order of the Eastern Star.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Doyle (Charles) of Vienna, and Valerie Borthwick (John) of Snowmass Village, Colorado; one son, James L. Wilson, Jr. (Linda) of Terra Alta, WV; one sister, Virginia Hall (Gareld) of Taylors, SC; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. James L. Wilson; and a brother, Billy Joe Wayne.

A memorial service officiated by Rev. Greg Markins will be held for Betty at 11 aAM, Monday, January 19, at Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna, with visitation one hour before the service at the church.

Internment at the Clover Cemetery in Roane County, WV, will take place at a later date.

William Henry Given

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William Henry Given

of Strange Creek, WV passed away January 13, 2015 to go home with the Lord and his wife, Marjorie.

He was born on March 07, 1917 at Strange Creek, son of the late Oscar Lawrence Given and Etta Frame Given.

On April 12, 1952 he married Marjorie Bush Given who preceded him in death.

Surviving are a son and a daughter-in-law, William Douglas and Mary L. Given of Strange Creek, two granddaughters Mary Beth Given and Laura Given, and one grandson, William Daniel Given. Also surviving are a stepson and daughter-inlaw, James Buhl and Joyce Shahan of Sugar Land, Texas. He has three step-granddaughters, Melody Weatherford, Esther Shahan, and Sarah Thompson, two step-great-grandsons, Sheldon Shahan and Noah Weatherford, and three step-great-granddaughters, Abigail Weatherford and Ashley and Stella Thompson. One sister, Beulah Blackman of Virginia, survives him.

Three sisters, Martha Given, Mabel Butcher, and Louise Given and four brothers, Roy, Bessel, Ernie, and Ermine Given preceded him in death.

He graduated from Gassaway High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Glenville State College and a Masters degree from West Virginia University. He had 30 additional hours. He was a Braxton County teacher and principal with 35 years experience. He taught at Laurel Fork, was a teacher and principal at Frametown, principal of Davis Elementary and Gassaway Junior High. He was the Director of Early Childhood Education of Region VII at Glenville and started that program in the region.

He attended Strange Creek Church.

He was a past President of Gassaway Lions Club, Braxton County Farm Bureau, Braxton County Fair Association, Braxton County Teachers Association and Braxton County Board of Education. He was a life member of the WV Association of Retired School Employees, the Auxiliary of Braxton County Memorial Hospital, and the National Education Association. He was a loving husband and father and greatly admired by his students over the years. He embarked the Board of Education on an ambitious school addition-building program while serving on the Board. He was a winner of the District Farm of the Year on two occasions. Over his farming career Henry raised Horned Herefords, Polled Herefords, and later Angus.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Service will be 1 PM Monday, January 19, 2015 at Strange Creek Church with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Burial will be in the Given Cemetery, Strange Creek.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Sunday, January 18 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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